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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 11 July 2015
32 THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 11 JULY 2015 SPOR Page 28 Kyrgios not rushed to fi nd new coach 771321 167062 32 THE WE 2 THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 11 JULY 2015 SPOR Pag SMOS | SATURDAY 11 JULY 2015 SPOR Page 28 Kyrgios not rushed to fi nd new coach 771321 167062 DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM ISSN 1321-1676 Defining round of AFL ahead Seven games remain this round, with Port Adelaide, Collingwood, Richmond and Carlton already featuring Today Essendon takes of Melbourne, the Western Bulldogs host the Gold Coast Suns in Queensland, North Melbourne battles it out with Geelong, and in an emotionally-charged game, West Coast will take on Adelaide in Perth. Essendon v Melbourne - Saturday 1.40 pm, MCG These two teams are currently neck and neck on AFL standings. They're both four wins from 13 games, Essendon is sitting in fourteenth, Melbourne one below in fifteenth and only 1.6 per cent between them. Last week both suffered big losses - Essendon to the tune of 110 points against 2014 cellar-dwellers St Kilda, and Melbourne a 54 point spanking to the second placed West Coast Eagles. Essendon is missing some big names in Adam Cooney (hamstring), Courtenay Dempsey and Elliott Kavanagh (demoted), and captain Jobe Watson (shoulder) who will miss the remainder of 2015. Coming into the side is Heath Hocking, Alex Browne, Jayden Laverde (debutante) and Patrick Ambrose. Hocking will play his first game of 2015. Its opponent Melbourne has included the likes of Angus Brayshaw and Heritier Lumumba. The Demons have defeated the Bombers on four of their last five outings. Western Bulldogs v Gold Coast - Saturday 4.35 pm, Cazaly's Stadium (Cairns) The Gold Coast Suns bounced back last week to register their second win of the year against a lacklustre (and ever-unpredictable) North Melbourne outfit in Queensland. A big seven goal haul from forward Charlie Dixon and a 31 disposal and three goal return from Gary Ablett Jr showed the footballing public what the Suns 'could have been' this year. The Bulldogs, on the other hand, are sitting comfort- ably in seventh on the ladder. A win will see them jump Collingwood and start raising some eyebrows about this team's potential to push for a top-four berth this year. Key ins are headlined by Tom Boyd for the Bulldogs and Jarrod Harbrow for the Suns. Despite registering it as an 'away' game, the Suns might be able to push the Bulldogs with a Queensland homecrowd advantage. The Western Bulldogs have defeated the Gold Coast Suns on three of their last five outings. North Melbourne v Geelong - Saturday 7.20 pm, Etihad Stadium Another year of unpredictable results has pushed North Melbourne to 12th position on the ladder with six wins from 13 games. And last week's huge 55 point drubbing against the Suns showed why it's arguably the hardest team to predict in the league. Geelong, on the other hand, will be fairly fresh, after a three week hiatus from the football field. Following its bye, Geelong's clash against Adelaide last week was cancelled after the shock passing of Crows coach Phil Walsh - the break could be telling for the Cats. The Kangaroos have included the likes of Ben Brown and Ryan Bastinac, dropping Lindsay Thomas in the process, whilst Geelong has included superstars James Bartel and James Kelly into its lineup. North Melbourne has de- feated Geelong on three of their last five outings, including the last two. West Coast v Adelaide - Saturday 7.40 pm, Domain Stadium Most footballing eyes will be locked on this game - Adelaide's first match after Phil Walsh's passing. In what is expected to be an undoubtedly emotionally-charged game, the Crows will be looking to win this one in honour of their former coach - the club announced earlier in the week that former Carlton and Essendon great Scott Camporeale will take over the top job at Adelaide for the remainder of 2015. West Coast comes into this game after smashing the Melbourne Demons to the tune of 54 points last week. The Eagles have defeated the Crows on three of their last five outings. Sunday's fixtures include a mouth-watering clash between league heavies Hawthorn and Fremantle, the GWS Giants will take on St Kilda and Brisbane and Sydney will finish off the round. GWS Giants v St Kilda - Sunday 1.10 pm, Spotless Stadium Both of these sides have taken massive strides in 2015, showing fans their potential in seasons to come. GWS has been pegged back a little of late, but sits just outside the eight by only two points and can use this game to relaunch its efforts toward September. St Kilda on the other hand has gone from wooden-spooner in 2014 to climb up the ranks this year and continues to win fans with a never-saydie attitude, which culminated in its 110 smashing of Essendon last week. Both sides have named extended benches, and have met only four times in the Giants' short history - resulting in three wins for St Kilda. Hawthorn v Fremantle - Sunday 3.20 pm, Aurora Stadium This clash is tipped as the undisputed match of the round. Fourth (Hawthorn) v first (Fremantle), both teams travelling in the right direction as they head towards yet another September berth. Ross Lyon's defensive mindset has gotten his side into (yet again) another comfortable position, whilst the Hawks keep on keeping on. Hawthorn defeated a wayward Collingwood last week by 10 points at the MCG, whilst its opponent this week left it late to defeat Brisbane by six goals in the west. The 2013 Grand Final opponents will get the opportunity to test each other out before their real assaults start in two months. Both sides have named extended squads, with the Hawks defeating the Dockers on four of the last five occasions (including that 2013 Premiership). Brisbane v Sydney - Sunday 4.00 pm, Gabba These two sides will close out the round in Brisbane. The Brisbane Lions have not defeated the Swans in any of their last five outings, but will come into this one knowing they can push top opponents, including Fremantle last week. Sydney on the other hand held off a rampant Port Adelaide in Sydney last week. Big ins for Sydney this week include Lance Franklin and Kurt Tippett, but it loses Gary Rohan to a hamstring injury. Brisbane on the other hand welcomes back captain Tom Rockliff and Daniel Merrett.
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